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Having foiled the Soviet invasion of the Winter War, the Finns found themselves embroiled in an ongoing conflict to maintain their borders as the Soviets recovered from the initial advances made by the Germans during the Barbarossa campaign. Yet as the red tide of Soviet forces pushed back the German army, the Finnish forces--despite their lack of equipment, obsolete machi Having foiled the Soviet invasion of the Winter War, the Finns found themselves embroiled in an ongoing conflict to maintain their borders as the Soviets recovered from the initial advances made by the Germans during the Barbarossa campaign. Yet as the red tide of Soviet forces pushed back the German army, the Finnish forces--despite their lack of equipment, obsolete machinery and miniscule manpower--held firm against the Soviets throughout the continuation of the war, ensuring their post-war independence on the Western side of the Iron curtain. But that was not the end of hostilities for the exhausted Finnish nation as they turned their attentions to the Nazi forces embedded within their territory, calling up brigades populated with teenagers to force German forces inexorably back. Featuring some incredible, never-before-seen photographs and firsthand accounts, this is the history of one of the most incredible moments in modern military history.


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Having foiled the Soviet invasion of the Winter War, the Finns found themselves embroiled in an ongoing conflict to maintain their borders as the Soviets recovered from the initial advances made by the Germans during the Barbarossa campaign. Yet as the red tide of Soviet forces pushed back the German army, the Finnish forces--despite their lack of equipment, obsolete machi Having foiled the Soviet invasion of the Winter War, the Finns found themselves embroiled in an ongoing conflict to maintain their borders as the Soviets recovered from the initial advances made by the Germans during the Barbarossa campaign. Yet as the red tide of Soviet forces pushed back the German army, the Finnish forces--despite their lack of equipment, obsolete machinery and miniscule manpower--held firm against the Soviets throughout the continuation of the war, ensuring their post-war independence on the Western side of the Iron curtain. But that was not the end of hostilities for the exhausted Finnish nation as they turned their attentions to the Nazi forces embedded within their territory, calling up brigades populated with teenagers to force German forces inexorably back. Featuring some incredible, never-before-seen photographs and firsthand accounts, this is the history of one of the most incredible moments in modern military history.

30 review for Finland at War: the Continuation and Lapland Wars 1941–45

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz V.

    This is a book that I wish I had finished. Unfortunately, it was a non-renewable book from an out of state library and I failed to leave enough time. In truth, however, I believe a serious reader should consider owning a copy. The author has culled through official and private sources to try to discern the thinking and motivation for Finland's actions in WWII. What is clear is that Finland, like other small countries, was a pawn in the unholy struggle between the USSR and Germany and that there w This is a book that I wish I had finished. Unfortunately, it was a non-renewable book from an out of state library and I failed to leave enough time. In truth, however, I believe a serious reader should consider owning a copy. The author has culled through official and private sources to try to discern the thinking and motivation for Finland's actions in WWII. What is clear is that Finland, like other small countries, was a pawn in the unholy struggle between the USSR and Germany and that there would not be a good resolution. The USSR was intent on absorbing Finland. The treaty following the Winter War was merely a pause while the USSR absorbed easier targets, but Finland was not forgotten and her attempts to maintain neutrality through defensive alliances with Sweden and other nearby states were thwarted.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurance

    Another brilliant book by Mr Nenye and co. It is one of the very few English language books on the Continuation War and the Lapland War. It is very heavily detailed with maps and bios on big names of the conflicts. It also helps to dispel some of the prevailing myths surrounding Finland's involvement with Nazi Germany. This is a definite recommend for anyone interested in military history, especially those focusing on the Eastern Front. Another brilliant book by Mr Nenye and co. It is one of the very few English language books on the Continuation War and the Lapland War. It is very heavily detailed with maps and bios on big names of the conflicts. It also helps to dispel some of the prevailing myths surrounding Finland's involvement with Nazi Germany. This is a definite recommend for anyone interested in military history, especially those focusing on the Eastern Front.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Preston

    Superb book on an often unstudied topic of World War II history. I highly recommend this book for any history aficionado.

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